Cody slams hurling fixtures madness

January 15, 2019

Kilkenny manager Brian Cody arrives at the Bellefield GAA Complex, Enniscorthy for the Walsh Cup semi-final against Wexford. ©INPHO/Laszlo Geczo.

Brian Cody describes the fixtures scheduling whereby the Fitzgibbon Cup coincides with the start of the national hurling league as “madness”.

Within the space of a fortnight, starting next Sunday, three rounds of Fitzgibbon Cup matches will be crammed in around the first two rounds of the national hurling league.

“We have twelve players involved in the Fitzgibbon, not just us but all the counties. And then they talk about burnout. But that's really, really, really madness from a fixture point of view,” the legendary Kilkenny boss is quoted in The Irish Independent.

“And I haven't heard one person mention a single thing about it. But how there is not some kind of communication, whatever way you want to put it, between the people making the fixtures, it's madness. But it's the situation we're in.

“It couldn't be ideal, because for the previous number of years non-stop ringing in our ears was player welfare and burnout. There were all sorts of things being thrown at us about training and overtraining, different managers dragging fellas here and there which was, absolutely for us, never the truth.”

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